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About Web Lab Web Lab develops and promotes innovative ways to use the web as a transforming force in people's lives and in society, and catalyzes others to experiment with the medium's potential to serve the public interest. It's going to be a busy summer for us - here are some of the projects to watch for:
We're looking for Love Stories Web Lab is creating a Web site inspired by "An American Love Story," a major series scheduled to air on PBS in September 1999. The series documents 1 1/2 years in the life of the Wilson-Sims family. Bill Sims (a black man) and Karen Wilson (a white woman) fell in love in 1967 and they've worked together for 30 years to overcome problems caused by their differences. The site will feature many different American Love Stories, stories about couples who have established intimate relationships that cross not just racial differences, but religious, ethnic, geographical, age and other boundaries as well. If you -- or someone you know well -- are in a relationship that bridges major differences, please consider submitting a story. http://www.pbs.org/lovestories
VAGUEpolitix sneak preview We are excited to be launching VAGUEpolitix on PBS Online June 14th (Flag Day!). The site aims to capture the hearts and minds of Americans tired of partisan bickering, lobbyist hype, and dull debates by proposing that our greatest enemy isn't the power of multinational conglomerates or the increasing intrusiveness of state power, but boredom -- ours. Can Vague be the antidote we've all been waiting for? Come check it out and let us know what you think. VAGUEpolitix is an independent site funded by Web Lab. The first issue of a projected quarterly is being hosted and co-promoted by PBS Online. http://www.pbs.org/weblab/vaguepolitix/preview
Tom Watson is the editor and co-founder of @NY [http://www.atnewyork.com] and president of New Paradigm Communications, Inc. Benjamin Weil, director of new media at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) [http://www.newmediacentre.com] in London, co-founded and directed äda 'web, which commissioned Web-specific artists' projects. A full list of the illustrious group they're joining is at: http://www.weblab.org/adbo.ihtml
Our executive producer Marc Weiss has been doing some traveling recently. Last week he was part of a public broadcasting delegation to the "News in the Future" consortium of the renowned MIT Media Lab. He spoke briefly about Reality Check and has been invited to come back in the fall to report on ALS. Next week he will be in Washington for the first "Platinum Technology 21st Century Pioneer Partnership Award," at the Smithsonian Institution for which he was a nominator.
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